The Democratic mayor of Phoenix is calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE to use a campaign-style rally in the city Tuesday night to apologize for his remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. 

Mayor Greg StantonGregory (Greg) John StantonThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' Who are the House Democrats backing Trump impeachment? MORE said in an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday that Trump had "inflamed racial tensions" by appearing to defend white nationalist protesters who incited violence during demonstrations in the Virginia college town earlier this month.

He also said that the president's comments revealed a "failure of moral leadership."


"He ought to look at the people of Phoenix, he ought to look at the American people and say 'I am sorry for my failure of moral leadership after Charlottesville, I blew it,' and try to make right," Stanton said. 

In an op-ed in The Washington Post on Monday, the Phoenix mayor revealed that he had asked Trump to postpone his visit to the city, because he feared the president would use the opportunity to further stoke racial tensions. 

"America is hurting. And it is hurting largely because Trump has doused racial tensions with gasoline," Stanton wrote. "With his planned visit to Phoenix on Tuesday, I fear the president may be looking to light a match."

Stanton reiterated his call for Trump to delay the visit, telling MSNBC on Tuesday that it isn't the right time for such a rally. 

“It is the wrong time for a presidential visit, the wrong time for a campaign rally so soon after the tragedy in Charlottesville,” he said.